How much weight have you lost so far on your journey and have you hit your goal?

From 225 lbs I reached 150 lbs… last time I checked I was around 154 lbs… My trainer says it muscles I am gaining… Actually when I entered the gym my goal is just to be able to wear a shirt with confidence… because I do have a big tummy… I achieved that already… so new goals were made… atleast to have a 4 pack abs minimum… hehe… once a goal is achieved always aim for a higher one next…

2. Did you struggle with weight all of your life or did you gain weight after you got older?
I used to be average in weight… but after college I needed to work… and I worked in the call center in DirecTV… my shift was in American time… I am located in the Philippines so my shift was graveyard in my time… and compensation for energy was food… so I eat in American Time, after the shift I go back to my time… still eating… I gained weight… a lot of weight… It was a struggle with diet and healthy eating… the stress, the pressure, and the denial that I am ok… I have no problem with my weight… I don’t care what others think of me… denying the problem and facing it was the issue…

3. What was that trigger reason that finally caused you to decide to lose weight?
I decided to loose weight when I was diagnosed of having type 2 diabetes… type 2 diabetes is acquired… you develop it from poor eating habits… plus I get tired easily… during my younger years I did exercise and go to the gym, but not on a regular basis… for my metabolism was still very high… I want to live healthier and longer so I can take care of my parents as they grow old, and I have a brother who has autism… I need to take care of my family… and somehow inspire them to exercise and eat healthy…

 

 

4. Give me some examples of changes you made in your life to make better eating habits.
Now, I only eat not reaching the full capacity of the stomach… if you get what I mean.. I’ve quit drinking softdrinks of any sort which has a high sugar content… Water is enough… It was hard at first… cravings and the like… I invested in buying green tea… I drink it before sleeping… I seldom eat at fast foods… learned about the difference of simple and complex carbs… from white rice… I eat either red or brown rice… though I still eat white rice when I miss it… at buffets I don’t eat carbs as much as possible.. I just eat protein and make sure I exercise after… if not… go to the gym next day… for my recipes… I seldom use white sugar for my cakes… I replaced it with brown sugar, and muscovado sugar… I still have a sweet tooth… before a big bar of hersheys was consumed in a minute or two… now… the big bar of hershey is consmumed in a week… never deprive yourself of your favorites, because if you break down… you may end up in compulsive eating… more fruits and vegies in the diet… use herbs and spices to bring the beauty of a dish… everything must now be in moderation… anything excessive is not good… and this helped me a lot… 2 glasses of water before each meal….

5. When you think back to the foods that you use to eat, do you still have that food today on occasion, or do you avoid it all together, and does it still taste as ‘good’ as you remembered it to?

I still eat chocolate, but I’ve learned to love dark chocolate… I am more of a pastry chef, so cakes and pastries I still make… on occasion I still eat them but not the same amount as before… For me my experience was you can train not to crave for them that much anymore… or just have the satisfaction of being to taste them in a small amount… I did like sweet drinks before… but when I trained myself with just water… my taste for sweets somehow was reset… The drinks I loved… after quite sometime of just drinking water… when I tasted them again, It was too sweet for my taste, that goes also for salty foods… and yes there is a cheat day… but don’t go overboard… a cheat day for me is like being able to eat foods that you miss in the right amount… coz definitely… there will be another cheat day after sometime… so don’t eat everything you missed in one cheat day… everything in moderation…

6. What plan did you do to help you lose the weight?
Diet and exercise…. goal setting…  making the choice and deciding to follow it…  and I know this may sound crazy… Go in front of the mirror naked… and tell yourself if you like what you see…

7. What is your typical fitness routine?
Exercise atleast 5x a week… make sure you are burning those calories… If I can’t go to the gym I have a few dumbbells at home, a skipping rope as well… and I can use my body weight by doing cardio and circuit exercises… rest is essential too… so that your body can heal…

8. Everyone has a bad day how do you look past mistakes and move forward?

yup, we all have those bad days… we may fall, get knocked down, get tired… we may as well get rested and freshen up… brush yourself up… and stand up again… a person is not defeated when he gets knocked down… it is the staying down that defeats the person… so never give up and try again…

9. We all need a strong support system to stay committed, who supports you?

My Family… Friends… and my Trainers…

10. What kind of advice would you give to others who are having a hard time getting started?
The decision to be healthy starts within you… in yourself… you want to achieve your full potential, live the life to the fullest… not live and die on the bed with sickness you could have avoided by being healthy… live to serve your family, your friends etc… everything is a learning process… we all start as beginners… and always lift up everything to God… when you decide to be healthy, then you are on your journey of living your life to the fullest… God bless…

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